The UK seems to be taking a little festive break after the Holidays and will host a variety of educational events and art shows (check your local clubs for their regularly scheduled event nights). However, the rest of the world is back to full-force Fetish with a record-breaking number of events. Thanks to the snowy weather, January seems to be filled with gay ski weeks and lots of leather!
1. Erotica 2017 - The Sexy Art Exhibition (St Albans)
New and returning artists present a selection of contemporary and fine art with an erotic theme. It takes place at The Nude Tin Can for most of January. We don’t get too many art events on this list, so definitely head on over to check it out! January 6-31, 2017
2. Enhance Your Orgasm Potential
Scarlet Ladies Talk hosts an intimate discussion with Dr. Andrea Pennington who has been helping women achieve orgasms through in-depth workshops and education. She will provide expert tips on how to orgasm with greater ease and how to achieve self-acceptance. This is part of the Unleash Your F.I.E.R.C.E. week that will host over 18 events catered to women’s specific interests. January 18, 2017 & Unleash Your F.I.E.R.C.E.: January 16-22, 2017
3. UNLEASHED New Year Fetish Rave (Amsterdam)
If you thought your New Year’s party was intense… think again! In the prime location The BOX, there will be a massive celebration with fetish enternatinment, top DJs, extraordinary decor and, of course, play rooms. Three different dance floors with varying music so you can dance through multiple areas. 2000 guest capacity. Check dress code. January 7, 2017
4. Arosa Gay Ski Week (Switzerland)
The 13th annual Arosa Gay Ski Week is one of the biggest gay and lesbian winter event in Europe! Enjoy the Swiss Alps and make friends from around the world. Therei is a faburlos ski area and a wide range of parties including classical concerts, sunbathing, pool and disco parties! January 21-28, 2017
5. Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (Washington, D.C.)
Leather cocktails, sunday brunch, Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest and a closing dance party. All this and more in the US capitol! Even better: the Bootblacks donate 50% of their tips to the MAL travel fund and a local charity.
January 13-15, 2017
6. Aspen Gay Ski Week (Colorado)
Ski to your heart’s content with different designated mountains every day. Then make new friends each day at the ‘apres ski’ meetups, organized dinners and nightly parties! The variety keeps the weekly event feeling fresh and fun!
January 15-22, 2017
7. AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (Las Vegas)
The AVN expo is a weekend filled with awards and entertainment. You have the chance to meet over 500 of the hottest adult industry stars and get autographs and selfies with them! Porn stars, cam girls, behind-the-scenes people… everyone! January 18-21, 2017
8. Southwest Leather Conference (Arizona)
This weekend is meant for the leather-loving community. It is filled with innovative workshops, panels, discussion groups, nightly dungeons and a bootblack lounge. The main event is the famous Dance of Souls, creating a weekend of leather, sex and spirit. January 19-22, 2017
9. Whistler Pride and Ski Festival (B.C.)
Whistler Pride welcomes queer people from all over the world to enjoy skiing at one of the greatest slopes. This year marks the 25th anniversary and will be filled with special guests and events like comedy night, the cowboy party and more! January 22-29, 2017
10. DNA: Drummer North America (Las Vegas)
This weekend attracts fetishists from around North America. Kinks include rubber, leather, sports kit, uniforms, punk, military and more! There will be four full days of dungeons, workshops, parties, contests and more!
January 26-29, 2017
11. Westcoast Bound (Vancouver, Canada)
If you’re looking for a full day of workshops and play parties, then you don’t want to miss this. During the day there are conferences with presenters, workshops and courses in four different themes. Then at night there are two play parties that feature enough space for 9 simultaneous suspensions. Look forward to a day filled with canes, paddles and submissives. January 29, 2017
12. Beef Dip 2017 (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Also known as Bear Week, this week-long celebration of Bears s filled with pub crawls, beaches, tours, dinner parties and obviously dancing. I mean, they even have Bearaoke! If you can do it at a resort… it is on the schedule - including an ATV tour and a Booze Cruise. Sounds like one intense week! January 29 - February 5, 2017
13. Sanctuary 18 Fetish Market (Sydney)
Enjoy a day of shopping for kinky things at the fetish market that has a variety of fun items like floggers, canes and leather clothing. It’s the alternative market you’ve been looking for! January 29, 2017
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